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A police informant says he was let down, now his life is in danger

Avon and Somerset Police persuaded ‘John’ to provide information about criminals he’d grown up with. One officer’s bending of police guidelines has left him living in fear.

Ex-undercover cop secretly ran business with man connected to gangsters

Local policing has been slashed and violent crime is up. Who will claim the mantle of ‘law and order’?

Dark Arts

Avon and Somerset police to be sued over botched art heist investigation

The main suspect in Britain’s longest running murder investigation is seeking damages following his acquittal over the stolen art collection of cider baron and former Tory MP Esmond Bulmer.

Dark Arts

Part three: A Somerset cider baron’s stolen art collection, heroin from Pakistan, two collapsed cases and a rinsed taxpayer

Dark Arts

Part two: The troubled cop bent on solving the UK’s longest running murder case, and a key player in the phone hacking scandal

Part one: The axe murder suspect, Somerset Tory cider baron and botched art heist police probe

Dark Arts is a tale of private investigators, corruption, political pressure, Pakistani heroin and a mansion in the Somerset hills.

Why the Cable is backing I Am Judah

Behind the shaky video that caught national attention is an important wider story. The Cable is proud to get behind a film seeking to tell it.

Exclusive interview: "Judah will not be silenced"

Taser survivor Ras Judah Adunbi and filmmakers Bashart Malik and Zaheer Mamon are crowdfunding for a new film about racial injustice.

Relative of Bristol Brink's-Mat gangster jailed as part of organised crime ring

10 men including John 'Goldfinger' Palmer's son-in-law jailed for roles in extortion, drug dealing and blackmail gang. 

Police officer who Tasered Ras Judah in face cleared of misconduct

But Race Equality Commissioner says justice hasn’t been done for Judah Adunbi.

The Cable view: opening the surveillance state through collaboration

Following a Bristol Cable campaign, police forces must release information on mass spy technology

Police forced to reveal info on mass mobile phone spying, following Cable investigation

Privacy International ruling an ‘important victory for government transparency’ after two-year battle.

Exclusive: Former coppers, including undercover, exposed in police data blunder

While police are fighting to protect the identities of officers during the ‘spycops’ public inquiry into undercover policing, an Avon and Somerset Police Facebook group has exposed the identities of former officers, including covert police.

National report slams police ‘digital stop and search’ following Cable investigation

Following a Bristol Cable investigation in 2017, charity Privacy International have today published a new report on the technology UK police forces are secretly using to download all the content and data from people’s phones.

Nazis behind Saturday's far-right rally

Some neo-Nazis are expected to be in Bristol city centre this Saturday. Anti-fascist groups have called a counter-demonstration.

Illegal: police withholding key information

Is it a clampdown in response to Bristol Cable investigations or just a bureaucratic oversight?

Coppers working second jobs for extra cash

Give this mystery shopper bad customer service and you might get more than just a poor rating.

Racial bias growing in stop and search

While Avon and Somerset police have reduced the total number of stop an searches, the proportion of black people compared to white people increases. Photo:...

Police remove documents following Cable investigation

But they’ve been downloaded here… “The longer the policy of denial of existence of these capabilities go on, the worse it is for police, citizens,...

Revealed: Bristol’s police and mass mobile phone surveillance

Evidence points to Avon and Somerset Constabulary and five other forces having bought devices that can spy on thousands of phones at a time...

Avon and Somerset Police rank worst for hate crime action

Avon and Somerset Police are ranked worst among the nation’s 13 largest police forces in taking action against hate crime.

"Subvertising" feats continue in Bristol

Subverts with a wicked take on stories in our city continue to appear

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